According to family sources, Temitope Balogun Joshua (T.B Joshua), a prominent Nigerian preacher, and televangelist has died. Mr. Joshua, the founder of The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN), died in Lagos on Saturday evening immediately after ending performance at his church, according to family sources who did not want to be named since an official statement was still being written, according to The Gazette. He was 57 years old at the time.
The cause of death was not immediately revealed to The Gazette, but family sources stated his remains had been put at the mortuary and that an autopsy would be conducted as soon as possible.
Pastor T.B Joshua ruled as a fiery television preacher for decades, attracting a vast number of Christians from all around the world to his platform. Mr. T.B Joshua’s SCOAN runs Emmanuel TV, one of Nigeria’s largest Christian broadcast stations, which is available globally via digital and terrestrial switching.
In 2014, his church was the subject of a multi-national investigation after a piece of his Lagos headquarters collapsed, killing scores of people and injuring many more. Mr. Joshua vehemently denied any wrongdoing, and a trial over the incident was still ongoing at the time of his death.
Joshua, a miracle worker and fiery preacher on television who used his platform to bring multitudes in pursuit of healing from all over the world, was born and reared in Arigidi Akoko in Ondo State, Nigeria.
Many important people, including presidents, celebrities, and politicians, came to his Lagos church headquarters for prayers and to seek God’s face. T.B Joshua was well-known for his humanitarian efforts, and he helped many people from all over the world with charity and scholarships. SCOAN’s Emmanuel TV is one of Nigeria’s largest Christian broadcasters, with a global reach through digital and terrestrial switching.
Many questioned not only Joshua’s faith but also the source of his healing talents, which he credited to Jesus Christ. Following the collapse of a piece of his church headquarters in Lagos in 2014, which killed at least 115 people, 84 of whom were South Africans and injured many more, his church was the subject of controversy and a multi-national investigation. The widely revered man of God, on the other hand, denied any wrongdoing. Prior to his death, he was still facing charges.
Despite his miracles, predictions, and humanitarian efforts, many people believed he was a genuine man of God. They claim to have been healed through ‘anointing water’ that he had prayed over and delivered to individuals who were unable to physically visit his church in Lagos, in addition to the healing powers of his prayers. Others believe that having the water with them protected them from deadly events.
Four people died in a stampede in a SCOAN branch in Ghana in 2013, when an unannounced service where the water was delivered drew massive crowds much above the church’s capacity, bringing Ghana’s capital city Accra to a halt. Joshua also sparked a debate when he claimed that his anointing water could treat Ebola, a terrible disease. He then sent 4,000 bottles of the water to Ebola victims in Sierra Leone, along with a $50,000 financial present.
Joshua was controversial not just because he was a miracle worker, but also because his birth and boyhood were marred by strange circumstances. He spent 15 months in his mother’s womb and almost spared death after a quarry explosion near his home drove rocks through the roof just seven days after his birth, according to his biography. His birth was also said to have been predicted 100 years in advance.
The SCOAN released the following statement confirming the development.
PROPHET TB JOSHUA – JUNE 12th 1963 to JUNE 5th 2021“Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.” – Amos 3:7.
On Saturday 5th June 2021, Prophet TB Joshua spoke during the Emmanuel TV Partners Meeting: “Time for everything – time to come here for prayer and time to return home after the service.”God has taken His servant Prophet TB Joshua home – as it should be by divine will. His last moments on earth were spent in the service of God.
This is what he was born for, lived for and died for. As Prophet TB Joshua says, “The greatest way to use life is to spend it on something that will outlive it”. Prophet TB Joshua leaves a legacy of service and sacrifice to God’s Kingdom that is living for generations yet unborn.
The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations and Emmanuel TV Family appreciate your love, prayers and concern at this time and request a time of privacy for the family. Here are Prophet TB Joshua’s last words: “Watch and pray.”One life for Christ is all we have; one life for Christ is so dear.